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Good Wood Finishes [Hardcover]

Albert Jackson , David Day
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7 April 1997 Collins good wood

A comprehensive step-by-step guide to creating, repairing and restoring traditional and modern wood finishes.

Preparation, Repairing Finishes, Colouring Wood, French Polish, Varnish & Lacquer, Paint Finishes, Wax Polish, Oil Finishes, Gilding, Wood Graining, Antique Finishes, Health & Safety

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (7 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0004127838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0004127835
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 18.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 874,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A comprehensive guide to wood finishing – including modern and traditional methods and materials. Invaluable for the novice and experienced woodworker alike.


• over 300 full-colour photographs and step-by-step illustrations
• a guide to preparing wood surfaces prior to finishing, with tips and techniques for repairing and stripping damaged finishes
• methods for colouring wood, including staining, ebonizing and fuming
• comprehensive instructions for applying traditional French polish, wax polish and oil
• techniques for spraying modern varnishes, lacquers and paints

Applying a protective finish is invariably the final and arguably the most rewarding stage in any woodworking project. One can take pride in well-crafted joints, wafer-thin woodturning or intricate marquetry, but there are few delights to compare with the satisfaction of building a surface coat of polish or varnish which transforms an apparently mundane piece of wood into a uniquely beautiful object.

This handy book contains all the requisite skills, including the preparation of wood surface prior to the application of a finish, with a comprehensive guide to modern abrasives. You can choose from traditional methods for French polishing to up-to-date techniques for the application of the latest water-based varnishes, lacquers and paints. In addition, you will find easy-to-follow advice on gilding with creams, varnishes and metal leaf, wood graining with coloured glazes, and simple ways to create the illusion of antique finishes.

And you don't have to be skilled at woodworking to enjoy applying wood finishes. It is such a varied and absorbing activity that even in professional woodworking circles, finishing is quite often undertaken by a specialist. Similarly, a great many amateurs take up wood finishing in order to renovate inexpensive antiques for profit or merely to put new life back into much-loved heirlooms.

• Collins Complete Woodworker's Manual
• Collins Complete Diy Manual
• Collins Good Wood Handbook
• Collins Care And Repair Of Furniture
• Collins Complete Home Restoration Manual

Their many television appearances include two series of their own on furniture making and restoration. Simon Jennings, the book's designer, has worked as a graphic designer for international companies, and as a lecturer specializing in book design. With Jackson and Day, he is a partner in Inklink, a company unique in publishing, where highly visual and practical books are conceived, written, edited, illustrated and designed by the same small team.

About the Author

Jackson and Day are leading authorities in woodwork and DIY and are the authors of numerous publications in this field.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly beautiful illustrations 19 May 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase

Title: Good Wood Finishes
Hardcover edition
First published in 1997
Photographs and illustrations: Yes, over 300
Pages: 128


Repairing finishes
Colouring wood
French polishing
Varnish& lacquer
Paint finishes
Wax polish
Oil finishes
Wood graining
Antique finishes
Health and safety

Overall:This handy book contains information about the preparation of wood ,methods of colouring wood, traditional and modern varnishes ,abrasives, techniques for spraying varnishes, how to repair and restore dirty or damaged finishes ,simple methods for antique finishes and all of these with wonderful full color illustrations. This book is easy to read with simple and clear text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 18 Jan 2013
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very handy to have it great deal good price quick delivery Book which is very simple to read and do it good advice
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